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I first heard about Bearaby last year when my colleague at the time raved about Bearaby’s smart (and now hugely popular) wall hangings. When I heard that Bearaby was adding a new product to their collection, I knew I had to try it for myself. Launched today, The Cuddler is a body pillow made from plant-based Melofoam. It is designed specifically for side sleepers, those experiencing back, neck or joint pain or discomfort, and pregnant women. I tick the first two out of the three boxes and have been looking for a pillow that will help bring my tight and knotty back into line.
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I’ve never been a flexible person, but my sedentary lifestyle during the pandemic wreaked havoc on my back – so much so that I go to Stretch*d twice a month to loosen up my muscles. Mornings are when my spine feels stiffest, so I figured tossing and turning and bad sleeping positions every night was probably one of the culprits. I had tried resting a pillow under my knee to keep my hips level, but it wasn’t supportive enough.
In contrast, the Cuddler is the perfect mix of squishy and supportive, thanks to its ergonomic design. It doesn’t feel so soft that my knee sinks into the mattress in the middle of the night, defeating the purpose of using the pillow in the first place, or so firm that I’m uncomfortable and can’t sleep. Cuddler comes with a removable and breathable 100% cotton cover.
What I like best about this body pillow though is that you can tie it in a knot. The body pillow in its long form is a little too big for my full-size bed, which I share with my boyfriend. Until we upgrade to a bigger bed (and maybe a bigger apartment), this pillow is attached. Just a note that tying it is a bit of a struggle at first, but now I can easily tie it if it gets distressed. In its knotted position, it does not take up extra space. However, it took a few nights to get used to sleeping with it.
After using the body pillow for a week, I noticed a difference in my spine and hips. I didn’t feel as stiff and tense (even my Stretch*r noticed). I also feel more rested. The pillow has become so comforting that I even use it when I’m watching TV or reading – I loosen it in its full form to support my head or arm while I lie down. Although it’s a little pricey, I think it’s worth it if you toss and turn or struggle to get proper support for your hips.